John Joseph (Jack) Ducey, 85, died suddenly at home on November 20, 2019, in Jacksonville, Ore. He was born October 12, 1934, above the Buckhorn Bar in Martin, S.D., to George P. and Mildred I. (Barrett) Ducey, where he had great childhood adventures, which he loved to regale. Jack graduated from Bennett County High School in 1952, where he excelled in sports. He married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Lee Losey, on October 17, 1953, the same month they both turned 19. They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary last month. Jack and Patty’s three children, Delona, Beverly and Jay Ducey, were born in South Dakota. The family moved to California in 1962, where their children were raised.
Jack earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach, while working full-time. He had a distinguished 30-year career with the Federal Government and retired as a Contracting Officer for the Office of Naval Research, responsible for all states west of the Mississippi. He was the recipient of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award.
Jack and Pat retired to the Applegate Valley in Oregon in 1989, where they built a home on the river and enjoyed raising a few head of cattle and horses. It was the favorite place for their grandchildren to visit.
Jack was a loving man who had a twinkle in his Irish eyes. He was a mischievous prankster and always had a tale to tell. He was loved dearly by his family and many friends.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia; son, Jay Ducey; daughter, Bev Ducey; son-in-law, Claudio Bravo; two granddaughters, Alejandra and Gabriela Bravo; a step-grandson, Cris Bravo and his family in Chile; and his twin sisters, Colleen Gurley and Cathleen Pendowski. He was predeceased by his daughter, Delona Ducey; and two brothers, Billy Pat and Gerry Ducey.
Arrangements are being handled by Perl Funeral home, in Medford, Ore. He will be interred at a later date in the Gordon Cemetery in Gordon, Neb., and will have a Celebration of Life on the Applegate river next summer. “Fly away Jack” and rest in peace; you will be forever remembered in our hearts.